Within the last week my husband and I both had dreams that we were eating forbidden junk food. Fritos were my weapon of choice…and Cheetos were his. I find that interesting because even though we both like Fritos and Cheetos, we rarely used to eat them. For the first few days of our pledge we were both constantly feeling like we accidentally ate something we shouldn’t have because we forgot to double-check the ingredients. I am happy to say those unnecessary feelings of paranoia have started to dissipate now that we are getting the hang of playing by our new rules.
On another note, I was absolutely stuffed after dinner last night. I think I ate a little too much which is unfortunately easy to do when you are eating real food. I have been trying to scale back my portions from what I used to serve myself, and for some reason I am still struggling with this. The thing is, you don’t have to eat nearly as much “real food” to fill up as you would processed food (like white breads and packaged items full of various sweeteners – both which mainly provide you with empty calories). We have also found that the previous meal seems to hold us over for much longer. On many occasions by the time lunch or dinner roll around, I am not even that hungry.
Pictured is my daughter’s plate from dinner last night. We all had the same thing, and I probably should have fixed myself a kid-sized plate too. What you see is a whole-wheat buttermilk cheese biscuit, kale chips, and mashed potatoes/turnips/cauliflower topped with bits of bacon. We have been receiving a weekly CSA box from Poplar Ridge Farm and this week we got both cauliflower and turnips. I had some potatoes from my last visit to the farmers market and decided I should just try to boil and mix all of these together with a little added butter and salt of course. And it worked!
After dinner I continued working on my experiment of making good sugarless homemade ice cream, and last night I hit the jackpot. I cannot wait to post the recipe for the pecan/maple vanilla ice cream that we had because it was the bomb! It did not feel like we were eating a substitute version whatsoever and if given the choice I would absolutely choose this over any store-bought ice cream. Oh how I love my ice cream maker!!